Townsville is known for its University and Army populations. To strengthen the bond between these two groups, James Cook University and the Australian Army’s 3rd Brigade carry out an annual three day event in which multiple sports are contested. The games culminate with the Chancellor’s and Commander’s Cup rugby union matches.
The competition started back in 2001 with rugby union as the curtain raiser to the British Lions versus the Queensland Presidents XV. The game was a success and the format has grown ever since.
Over time, extra sports have been added to the schedule including women’s rugby, men’s basketball, women’s netball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s AFL.
The event is a great way to highlight some of the talented athletes of both organisations and the emphasis both organisations put on living active lifestyles and participation through sport. Local media attention is given to the event and many community members attend the games to spectate.
The event brings together the two groups in a positive, friendly atmosphere but still with fierce competition.
This year, JCU is hoping to retain the women’s rugby and netball trophies as well as aiming to win trophies in basketball, soccer, Australian rules football and men’s rugby.
Here is the following schedule for the Uni v Army event
Thursday September 14
Batte of the Icons
Basketball (Men's) - 2:30pm
Netball (Women's) - 4pm
Both games will be played at Townsville Stadium home to the JCU Townsville Fire.
Friday September 15
Soccer (Women's) - 2pm
Soccer (Men's) - 3:30pm
Both games to be played at Wulguru Park home to Wulguru United Football Club.
AFL9s (Women's) - 6pm
AFL (Men's) - 7:30pm
Both games to be played at Neil French Oval home to Hermit Park Tigers Football Club.
Saturday September 16
Chancellor's and Commander's Cup
Rugby 7s (Women's) - 5:30pm
Rugby 10s (Men's) - 6:30pm
Both games will be played at JCU Joe Baker Field.
The basketball, netball and soccer games are free to attend while the AFL and rugby games will be a gold coin donation with all proceeds going towards Legacy. All games are open to students and to the general public. We hope to see a great turn out for all the games.
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